The words of Jesus in today’s gospel passage are some of the most important statements made by the Lord. They touch upon both salvation and condemnation. His words are emphasized by the fact that Jesus cried out before he gave us the teaching. So, what was so important about this gospel passage that Jesus wanted us to know and understand?
Jesus cried out and said,
“Whoever believes in me believes not only in me
but also in the one who sent me,
and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.
I came into the world as light,
so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.
And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them,
I do not condemn him,
for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.
Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words
has something to judge him: the word that I spoke,
it will condemn him on the last day,
because I did not speak on my own,
but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
And I know that his commandment is eternal life.
So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”
Jesus wanted us to understand that his teaching derived from his relationship with his Father. Without this connection between Father and Son salvation was not possible. It is only though the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that the Father’s redemption could be made manifest.